Category Archives: News

Big News! Brand New CFMC Website Unveiled

We are thrilled to unveil the newly designed CFMC website and hope you enjoy it! The fresh look and added technology make it easier to access all your favorite content with updated mobile compatibility, streamlined search capabilities, and expanded translation and accessibility features. Explore the site and engage with the community — share in all the Good People Doing Great Things; sign up for news and event updates; view a video or two or three; and contact us to share your ideas of how to help our local communities thrive. We are humbled by the support for this project. A…

A Forever Legacy of Historic Achievement – Constance Baker Motley

A Forever Legacy of Historic Achievement. Have you heard of Judge Constance Baker Motley? Did you know that she was a New Haven native and a 40-year Chester resident? She was the  first Black woman federal judge and a groundbreaking civil rights attorney. Not only that, she was the first Black woman to argue before the US Supreme Court. Quite extraordinary indeed! At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we love to celebrate Good People Doing Great Things and those in our region – past and present – who inspire us with their amazing accomplishments. In fact, our local history is…

Nominate Your Favorite Nonprofit for a Surprise

There’s one thing everyone can agree on … we have incredible nonprofits working throughout our 15 towns! We’re going to have some fun and show your favorite nonprofit some love. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3….. You just submit the name of your favorite Middlesex County nonprofit organization using the form below. We gather all of the entries and put them in a bowl. With a good hearty shake and a few tosses, we draw the name of a Middlesex County nonprofit organization to receive a small grant award. So let’s have some fun and share the joy ……

CFMC Welcomes Four to 2024 Board of Directors

Please join the Community Foundation in welcoming our newest Board members! We are so pleased to have these four amazing individuals, Scotty Brown, Brett Director, David Glidden, and Todd Pozefsky, join the CFMC Board of Directors in 2024. It is thanks to our volunteers on the Board of Directors, past and present, and our committees that make the work of CFMC possible. Scotty Brown is the Owner of Brown & Wimler Construction, LLC and is a general contractor specializing in construction management and self-performing general trades. Scotty is also the owner of Celtic Cavern gastropub in Middletown and is a…

CFMC Increases Grant Awards, New Funds in 2023

Middletown, CT – Thanks to generous donors, the work of local nonprofit organizations, and strengthened partnerships forged with other funders, 2023 proved to be another successful year for the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC). The CFMC Board of Directors approved $1,909,417 in grant awards to support nonprofit programs and services to improve the quality of life for all throughout the 15 towns of Middlesex County and beyond. CFMC was able to achieve this milestone in approved grant awards through an increase in donor support, including 14 new funds established at the Foundation last year. CFMC extends a sincere thanks…

Liberty Bank, 39 Rotary Clubs, and CFMC Raise Over $740,000 to Provide Thanksgiving Meals and Stock Food Pantries

Released on behalf of Liberty Bank In collaboration with 39 local Rotary Clubs and one Lions Club, and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC), Liberty Bank Foundation announced today that over $740,000 was raised through its 20th Annual Thanksgiving Drive. These dollars will help more families in the Bank’s footprint have a generous Thanksgiving meal to enjoy on Thursday. Each year, this drive also helps stock food on pantry shelves across Connecticut in preparation for the winter months. According to the American Farm Bureau, the average cost of a Thanksgiving meal this year is $6.76 per person. Through this effort,…

Our New Team Member – Abby Coats

We are thrilled to welcome Abby Coats to the Community Foundation of Middlesex County! Abby has joined our team as the Senior Coordinator of Philanthropy and Community Outreach. Abby is a Chester, Connecticut native. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Connecticut and her Masters in Intercultural Human Rights Law from St. Thomas University. Abby has been in nonprofit fundraising for 12 years and most recently was the Manager of Annual and Planned Giving at the US Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association. Abby and her husband Michael and their son Callen currently reside in Norwich. She is a…

2023 Liberty Bank Rotary Club Thanksgiving Drive

Since 2004, Liberty Bank Foundation, partnering with Rotary Clubs across Connecticut, have raised over $4 million to ensure all families in our community can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you for helping your local Rotary Club share the generosity of a thanksgiving dinner with your community – and helping your local Rotary Club take advantage of Liberty Bank’s generous match campaign. We appreciate everyone who participated in the annual Thanksgiving Drive campaign drive between October 2 and November 13, 2023. The campaign match window is now closed and we will share updates as the grants are distributed to nonprofits in…

Investing in Youth and the Trades Journey

At CFMC, we only know “Good People Who Do Great Things.” We love hearing about people’s varied interests, passions, and backgrounds. They inspire us with their desire to help – to give back – and to “pay it forward.” Case in point: Beth Clark, John Saunders, William Weed, and Valerie Wyzykowski, of the Valley Regional High School (VRHS) Class of 1982. They all treasure the experiences and opportunities VRHS gave them and wanted to say “Thank You” in a way that would be meaningful. The alumni decided to assist students seeking a path that might not necessarily include college and…

Celebrating Women’s History Month With a Look Back at Elisabeth Petry

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s amazing accomplishments and contributions to history, culture, and society. We thank the women who made history, who smashed boundaries, and who pushed us to be our very best. Middlesex County has a rich history of remarkable women who have excelled and flourished in their own unique ways. This year, we want to remember and recognize one very special woman. One we are all so fortunate to have known and loved. A Look Back at an Amazing Woman, Friend, and Humble “Brainiac” – Elisabeth Petry CFMC is honored to have counted Liz Petry as…

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